Track 5: “Take Care” feat. Rihanna
Sounds Like: Nothing else on the album, or anything else we’ve heard from Drake before, really. It probably shouldn’t be surprising in this day and age when any pop artist has a song featuring an up-tempo beat and syncopated piano hook—Dr. Luke has long since decreed it fair game for all, and the Top 40 is mostly better off for it—but things are usually so slow-and-low from Drake, it’s still a little jarring. Oh yeah, and that Rihanna chick shows up to sing the chorus (“If you love me, here’s what I’ll do / I’ll take care of you”), which is nice of her.
Pros: Although “Take Care” borrows the sort of piano hook that we’ve heard all over pop music these last few years, that’s not to say that the song is Drake at all bandwagoning onto the current Top 40 sound. The song never really explodes into the all-out release that most of its sort do, instead reining the beat in to an understated creep, giving the song a mysterious edge that ends up being even more compelling. And of course, the entire song is far more fascinating if you pretend—and who knows, maybe it actually is—that the whole thing is about Drake’s short-lived relationship with his track partner. “You don’t say you love me to your friends / When they ask you, even though we both know that you do / One time been in love one time.” Interesting.
Cons: It’s maybe the tiniest bit frustrating that the song never does quite go to that next level—it would have been cool to hear what it would have sounded like. And if bad Lesley Gore puns aren’t your thing, then “It’s my birthday, I’ll get high if I want to” might not rub you the right way. (We sorta love it though.)
Emo Alert!: “Dealing with a heart I didn’t break / I be there for you, I will care for you / I keep thinking you just don’t know.”
Drake Hashtags: Pianos, Self-pity